2015. The highs were high, and the lows were pretty low, but it was a transformative year. The best part? We have a happy, healthy 6-month-old baby girl.
Of course, it’s not all sunshine and roses. We lost three grandparents this year and many loved ones, which is always hard, but this year was especially rough. Ellie is named in honor of one of her passed great grandmothers, so, in a way, a piece of her will always live on.
It was a great year at work–I’ve learned more this year than I have in awhile about management, team building, and how to learn from my mistakes. I traveled to Nice and Barcelona, too, which has been such a highlight of my career. I cannot tell you what that trip meant to me, and to share it with my colleagues and “Ellie” (at 14 weeks) is something I’ll never forget.
I also learned a lot this year personally, too. A short list of things I want to keep building on in 2016 includes:
- Make time for my spouse. Especially when I have a million things to do and our baby to care for, it’s easy to forget about the one you care about so much. And always appreciate your partner for helping. I don’t do that enough. (Thanks, boo!)
- Make time for me. I get by with a little help from my friends…and family. It’s amazing what spending time with people you love can do for you mind and your heart. Or taking some time to be alone. Wandering the aisles of Target solo can be quite therapeutic, haha.
- Don’t get stuck in a digital daze. I am on my phone way too much. My goal is to be present in lives of my family. That means putting down my phone a little more in 2016.
- Be a healthy role model. It’s time to lose the baby weight. I wasn’t one of the lucky women whose baby weight melts away when they breastfeed. So it’s time to get my act together for myself and my family. I joined Weight Watchers again. This means I’ll be healthier and more creative with my food…with an indulgence here and there. 😉
- Sleep more. This is a no brainer, and probably goes with the bullet on being healthy, but I’m sleep deprived!
- Achieve what I want. Instead of talking the talk, I need to walk the walk more. This is something I struggle with a lot. I’m the queen of excuses. Time to start doing and being more. Hopefully that means more posts on this blog, and more exciting developments to come!
Thanks to all who were a part of my 2015. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year!